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I was at a pub tonight, spoke to a guy about s bicycle he

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I was at a pub tonight, spoke to a guy about his bicycle he left inside the pub. He asked me to look at it etc, which I did and then afterwards sat down. A staff member an older guy came out shouting who left the bike in the pub, then came towards me and told me off. In between his rant, I tried to explain that it wasnt my bike and that the owner was further in the pub. So I got up to try and find the owner - at which point the guy took the bike and put it out into the street. At which point I said that was uncalled for and said I would tell the bar owner whom I happen to know. At that, the bar manager came out and accaused me (?) of complaining a lot and I got asked to leave the pub. In disbelief, I tried to explain at which he tapped me on the shoulder saying he didnt want to hear it. I said I was going and that I didnt asked to be tapped or pushed as I am not an animal. Feeling aggreived (the owner came out to thank me and was let back into the pub) I called the police. I am not an unknown face at the pub and generally avoid trouble. Police arrive 3 of them and tell me there is no case. I was told when I called that there might be a civil case as I was slandered as being the owner of the bike when I wasnt. People told me that the pub manager was a quick to anger sort of guy, but I was wondering where all this came from as he knows I dont cause trouble. I told the police that it was racially motivated - they said they didnt see it, as they saw the CCTV and saw no aggrevated assault or anything: I explained that it was I complied with what I was asked to do and left. I told them that if I had hit the manager back things would be different. They explained the manager was allowed to use reasonable force - I didnt get to ask why force would be required when I had done nothing but say I wasnt the owner of the bike, as they took to leave. Im very upset about the way things were handled. I will be having words with the owner if I get to see him. What do you advise? questions I have is why the police bothered to show up if they were not going to anything? They read the sheet and the first officer I telephoned thought the racial angle could be explored - the police never interviewed any of the witnesses I pointed out but calmly said it wasnt racially motivated. I was the only black guy asked to leave the pub, no other person was accused of owning the bike other than the fact cctv showed me moving the bike out of the way. Therefore I must be collared and now banned from the pub. I also paid for a meal and drink. Meal arrived, drink didnt. I still have the receipt. was going to complain about that but didnt get a chance to.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. What are you actually hoping to achieve in the circumstances?

Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 months ago.

Hello, not sure if you saw my initial query above - What are you actually hoping to achieve in the circumstances?

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